The preliminary numbers for Minnesota’s firearms deer hunting season are down slightly this year.  Barb Keller is big game program leader for the D-N-R:

“For our firearms A season which just ended this Sunday we estimated that we harvested 119-thousand-715 deer. And that’s a little bit lower than in the past.  It’s nine percent lower than last year and relative to our five-year mean of deer harvest it’s 17 percent less.”

Keller says a severe winter,  fewer deer in northern Minnesota and  rainy weather on opening weekend contributed to the decline.  The firearms B season continues through this weekend in southeastern Minnesota.